Book Reviews

London Book Review, 21 February 2019

“This Is Your Quest is a self-help book, I despise the phrase because it describes pop-psych, hippy nonsense, espousing spiritual mantras and upper colonic irrigation. If those are your tools for leading a kinder, simpler life, then so be it. However, if you want to read a book, you need something a bit more cerebral. “This Is Your Quest” is nothing like any other self-Help book you will come across- It is enlightening delight that defies the genre, well written, insightful and ever so sincere.

The book itself is a journey, and Reed excels at holding the hand of her guest readers. There is a gentle voice to the message. In between each chapter, she includes letters to the readers, recapping what’s been learned and continually encouraging growth.

There is a surprising amount of depth in the presentation. I learnt a lot while reading it, both theoretical and practical. I am not a major history nerd, but the history was what hooked me. I think it’s a really interesting way to break down happiness and comment on the idea of our worth and potential quests. It is meticulously researched, and quotes are included with a great deal of thought, not just as justificational filler. The history and the quotes are uplifting and inspirational. The approach is individual, the words have depth and the message is uplifting and thoughtful.”

Jan Haringa, 13 February 2019

Very interesting read with a variety of subjects. Interesting reading from the beginning until the end, now and then I felt like being at school again. The short part about the Beguine women, for instance, I am familiar with their name but never realized their background. I lived in the Netherlands in a city called Haarlem about 20 km. West from Amsterdam. Haarlem is an old city with a long history and still has a Beguinage (Beguine courtyard), which is a National monument. I always took it at face value without knowing the history. The book is well organized which is also important. Thank for this book and I wish that many people read it.

New York Author, 18 December 2018

“In ‘This is Your Quest,’ author Joanne Reed has created a self-help book with an overarching framework: a journey through world history and myriad philosophies, while encouraging the reader to embark on a parallel internalized journey. Shaping the book around exterior-world exploration and discovery and then turning the concept inward is an interesting and stimulating approach that livens up the projected goal: a personal search to attain happiness through a better understanding of the much-desired trifecta: money, love, and health.

I enjoyed the book immensely and found her brisk writing style combined with her positive approach to be very refreshing.”

Russell L, 19 September 2018

“More intellectual and deeper than other books on the same subject, kicked hard in quite a few places. For anyone in (or wanting) a relationship the chapters on love are an essential read … so wish I’d known this earlier. Will be buying a copy for my brother too.”

PNW_reviewer, 9 June 2018

“This book is a veritable treasure trove of insights! The author essentially coaches the reader to define her own journey toward happiness as she conveys lessons from history, philosophy, and economics. Wealth, love, and health are the essential ingredients to achieving happiness, but while this seems like common sense, the author asks us to challenge some of our assumptions about these very topics. Only when we confront some our of own biases can we move ahead to find more meaning and happiness in our lives. Depending on what each reader is dealing with in life, there is bound to be at least a few messages here that will resonate with the soul. Bon voyage! “

Martine Law-we, 05 June 2018

“This book is indeed a journey through mankind’s history and present, inviting us to get rid of all internal and external conditioning to obtain the happiness that we were all born to experience. The author’s extensive research on a wide range of topics, from slavery to healthy diet, is astounding.”